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    Register now to avoid disappointment Symposium to be held at Kew on 11-12 May 2016
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    Strategic Outputs Kew's Science Strategy sets out nine strategic outputs to be achieved by 2020.
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    Science Departments Kew's Science Directorate comprises six scientific research departments and two support departments.
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    MSc course at Kew Find out more about Kew's MSc in Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Diversity and Conservation

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: A Global Resource  for Plant and Fungal  Knowledge Science Strategy 2015-2020

Kew is a global resource for plant and fungal knowledge. We have one of the largest and most diverse collections of plant and fungal specimens (living and preserved) in the world. 

Our unique combination of extensive collections, databases, scientific expertise and global partnerships gives us a leading role in facilitating access to fundamental plant and fungal information. The core purpose of our science stems from a simple but often overlooked truth: all our lives depend on plants.
Download our Science Strategy to find out how we intend to make an invaluable contribution to some of the biggest issues facing the global population.

Kew Science News

Missing: 70% of crop wild relatives
Nature Plants has published the latest results of the global gap analysis paper 'Global Conservation Priorities for Crop Wild Relatives'.
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State of the World's Plants Symposium – speakers announced
Browse our programme of speakers, discover the key questions that will be addressed, and find out how to join us as we take stock of the world’s plant diversity and current research and trends.
International Conservation Policy internship
Kew’s Science Policy team is looking for interns to work on a range of projects related to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)
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State of the World's Plants Symposium - registration now open!
In May 2016, Kew will launch a ground-breaking new report on the State of the World’s Plants, as part of an international science and policy symposium. Join us as we take stock of the world’s plant diversity and current research and trends.

Phil Stevenson: Sex & Drugs and Pest Control (TEDx Wandsworth)

Phil Stevenson, Senior Research Leader in Chemical Ecology, Natural Capital & Plant Health, recently gave a short talk for TEDx Wandsworth (an independently organised TED talk) entitled Sex & Drugs and Pest Control.

UK Native Seed Hub

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Kew can provide seeds and support services for conservation and habitat restoration organisations.

Adopt a seed

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Help Kew's Millennium Seed Bank protect the future of the world's plants by adopting a seed for as little as £25.

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Fungi Kingdom

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Discover the diversity and importance of fungi.

Millennium Seed Bank

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Find out more about our vital work saving seeds.

People & data

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Kew's science teams, databases and publications.

Species browser

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Explore Kew's plant & fungi profiles.